9 Tips To Manage Anxiety and Stress
Written By April 11, 2017-
Managing your stress is something that a lot of people struggle with on a daily basis. Everyone has some form of stress in their life, but when you can keep it in check and not let it overwhelm you, you are less likely to have serious mental strains and the health complications that tend to result from it.
How to Manage Anxiety and Stress
If you are curious about some tried and tested methods of maintaining and managing your stress and anxiety levels on a daily basis, here are some tips that can help you.
1. Find A Hobby
Hobbies occupy your mind. Whether you are off getting materials for a project that you want to get started on, or you are literally in the middle of your project. Stress gets its worst when you have no outlets, so your mind has no other option but to run through all of the stress you are carrying around with you over and over again. There are a few good ideas that can occupy your mind and keep you busy at the same time.
- Playing Instruments
2. Slow Things Down
Sometimes the best thing that you can do for yourself is to just take a beat to compose yourself. There is a lot of hustle and bustle in your daily life, and pacing it out can keep it from bearing down on you in a destructive way. While this might not always be something that is easy to do, there are several opportunities that you will find to move things around to give yourself less of a congested schedule. By being able to do this, you will give yourself less directly stressful conditions.
3. Do Nothing Day
At least once a month you should ensure yourself a day with no plans, no scheduled events, and essentially no stresses. There will always be the temptation for motivated people to use this free day for catching up on something you have to do at a later time, but there are serious health benefits to just giving your mind a day off once in a while.
Use a day like this to take the family out to a park for a picnic. Enjoy the fresh air on an invigorating hike or go for a relaxing massage. Whatever sounds like a nice change of pace for you, but that is also a relaxing activity at the same time, utilize your ‘do nothing day’ for that.
4. Identify/Remove Your Stress Triggers
Some people get stressed out about specific things or people. If you are someone that ends up overwhelmed and weighted down the more you are around a certain person or during a specific task, you should do your best to distance yourself. If it is work-related, you might not be able to eliminate the trigger completely, but you should be able to maintain a distance from the catalyst for the most part. If you are not able to remove yourself from it at all, it might be time to consider a different work arrangement altogether.
Exercise releases chemicals in your brain that help you to feel more confident and happy. While it might also just be a good idea for your physical well-being, working out can also eliminate some of the harder stresses that you are carrying around on your back.
Meditation is not something that everyone does or even knows how to do. But at its most basic levels, it is taking a few minutes of your life and taking a breath. Reflecting on the positive things in your life while simultaneously working to rid yourself of the negativity that life has placed on you. Meditation isn’t a certain science, nor is there a right or wrong way that you can do it. It is about finding a point where you can deeply relax and re-center yourself for what might lie ahead.
7. Lean On People
No man is an island, but those who seem to have the worst stresses and the damaging conditions that come along with them, have adopted this as a lifelong motto. Share the load and the burden with the people around you because they put themselves around you and in your life to help you with whatever you might be going through. Talk it out, ask for help or simply just be in the company of those that you know have your back through thick and thin.
You might be surprised to know that just laughing can release chemicals in your brain that make your entire life a little bit better. That’s why the adage has always been “laughter is the best medicine”. It might not literally cure anything, but it is responsible for a jolt of positivity that lasts long after the laugh itself. So while you might not get rid of the stress through laughing, you might be able to alleviate its damaging effects.
9. Find A Higher Power
There are a lot of people that tend to turn to religious factions when they are faced with some of their worst stress and anxiety. There is something soothing about a higher power with ears that will listen to all of your biggest problems and concerns as you navigate through the pitfalls of life. Whether you believe in such an entity or not, statistics have shown that those who do tend to live their lives with less stress overall than those that do not rely on a deity.
This in a way falls back onto the 7th suggestion, finding someone to help carry the burden of your stress with you. For those that might not have that kind of relationship with someone else, it is for most equally effective to look to God.
These are the most common methods to alleviate your stress in your daily life. While you might be juggling dozens of different things all at once, remember that you have to make sure that you are physically and mentally prepared to handle them all the time. Even if that means taking a little personal time to get your head right, you’ll find that you will be much better off once you employ a few of these stress alleviating tips.